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“The Miracle of Life” (1915) was an unusual “Flying A” movie about abortion; some scenes were filmed at a million-dollar mansion in Montecito.
In 1915, a $5,000 "photoplayer" was installed in one of the movie theaters on State Street for silent movies.
Way back when, movie crews did not need permits to film out in the open, and this sometimes caused a problem here.
Many of the movies filmed in Montecito were set in exotic locales such as Hawaii, Ancient Rome, or France in the 1500s.
Handsome hunk Bill Russell was one of the most popular leading men at the “Flying A.” He starred in dozens of movies from 1913 to 1921.
In 1916 the local papers warned about an X-rated movie named "Purity" that was filmed in Montecito.
The Santa Barbara newspaper in 1912 detailed an interesting story of electricians being chased off an ostrich farm at State and Islay Streets.
In 1912, a trained burro stole the scene during a movie being filmed in Hope Ranch.